David Cameron will not be able to win a majority at the next election because he has failed to woo ethnic minorities, Britain’s first female Muslim Cabinet minister has warned.
Baroness Warsi – who dramatically resigned this week over the Government’s “morally indefensible” policy on Gaza – said Tory bosses were ignoring “electoral reality” by relying on white voters.
In an interview with the Sunday Times and Independent on Sunday, the peer also lashed out at “bitchy” colleagues who questioned whether she was up to her job, suggesting that Mr Cameron’s inner circle did not understand those who had not gone to public school.
“I will be out there, vocally fighting for an outright Conservative majority,” Lady Warsi said. “But the electoral reality is that we will not win outright Conservative majorities until we start attracting more of the ethnic vote.”
Lady Warsi said that when she was one of Cameron’s earliest supporters in 2005 she thought: “This is a guy who gets today’s Britain. He’s a new kind of Conservative. He’s comfortable with today’s Britain.”
But she added: “I think the party has shifted since then. The party leadership has shifted since then. I think over time it will be a regressive move because we have to appeal to all of Britain, not just because it’s morally the right thing to do... but because it is an electoral reality.”
Tory backbencher Alec Shelbrooke said Lady Warsi had “embarrassed herself” and her criticisms would “quickly fizzle out”. He told the BBC: “I think within a week, ‘Who was Lady Warsi?’ will be the question. She has ended her career in many ways.”